Incorporating Advanced Technology, Rome-Vatican Water Project Worth €79 Million Preserves Continuous Water Flow

Water technology plays a vital role in a project for urban revitalization that aims to link Rome and the Vatican City in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee.

The ambitious initiative involves extending the Lungotevere in Sassia underpass to establish a new pedestrian zone connecting Castel Sant’Angelo with St. Peter’s Square. This extension is crucial as Rome anticipates hosting 35 million visitors during the Jubilee, a significant year in the Catholic Church.

ANAS, the Italian National Road and Highway Authority overseeing the management, maintenance, and enhancement of Italy’s road network, is leading the €79 million project.

This endeavor is part of a larger €1.8 billion investment supported by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) to promote sustainable tourism and urban renewal.

To support this venture, Xylem has supplied innovative technology that rerouted two major sewer collectors through a specialized hydraulic bypass system, effectively redirecting wastewater flow.

Capable of transporting 10 cubic meters of water per second – equivalent to filling an Olympic-sized swimming pool in just four minutes – this solution met the project’s requirement to swiftly handle large water volumes.

It also allowed for the seamless continuation of sewage and stormwater collection as the road infrastructure was relocated underground, facilitating future system expansions to accommodate the new urban design.

Giorgio Sabbatini, Vice President Europe Commercial Teams, South & West, & Applied Water Systems EU at Xylem, emphasized the tailored collaboration between their local team’s expertise and cutting-edge technology to ensure water security for residents with minimal disruption. He expressed Xylem’s pride in contributing to such a significant urban revitalization initiative and being part of its historical transformation.

Commencing in September 2023, construction on the underpass project is scheduled for completion by March 2024. Xylem’s solution includes nine Flygt 3501 electric pumps, two Flygt 3315 electric pumps, generators, pipes, and the Aquaview digital telemetry system for remote management.

Source : Xylem

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